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Daesh Drives Syria Rebels from Near Turkish Border

By John Davison BEIRUT, May 27 – Daesh fighters captured territory from Syrian rebels near the Turkish border on Friday and inched closer to a town on a supply route for foreign-backed insurgents fighting the jihadists, a monitoring group said. The ultra-hardline group has been fighting against rebels in the area for several months. The

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Jihadists Mobilize in Syria as Peacemaking Unravels

By Tom Perry and Suleiman Al-Khalidi BEIRUT/AMMAN, May 19 – Jihadi militants in Syria including al Qaeda are mobilizing again for all-out war against President Bashar Al Assad, taking advantage of the collapse of peace talks to eclipse nationalist rival insurgents that signed on to a faltering truce. Al Qaeda’s Syrian branch, the Nusra Front,

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Suicide Bomber Kills 8, Wounds Senior Army Commander in Yemen Attack

By Mohammed Mukhashaf ADEN, May 12 – A suicide bomber killed eight people and wounded a senior army commander in an attack on his convoy in eastern Yemen on Wednesday, President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi’s state-run news agency reported. No one claimed responsibility for the attack, which appeared to resemble recent bombings carried out by Daesh or Al Qaeda

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Kidnapped Son of Pakistani Ex-PM Arrives Home from Afghanistan

By James Mackenzie and Mehreen Zahra-Malik KABUL/ISLAMABAD, Pakistan May 11 – The son of a former Pakistani prime minister who was rescued by Afghan and U.S. forces from Al Qaeda captors in Afghanistan landed in the Pakistani city of Lahore on Wednesday, three years after being kidnapped from his home town. Ali Haider Gilani was

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Yemen’s Mukalla Airport Reopens with Aid Flight After Qaeda Exit

ADEN, May 9 – The airport has reopened at the Yemeni coastal city of Mukalla which was recaptured by government and Emirati soldiers in April after a year-long occupation by Al Qaeda, local officials said. The first flight in on Sunday was a plane carrying relief supplies from the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the officials

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Al Qaeda Chief Tells Jihadist Fighters in Syria: Unite or Die

AMMAN, May 8 – Al Qaeda leader Ayman Al Zawahri urged rival jihadist fighters in Syria to unite or risk death but again decried fellow Sunni Muslim militants Daesh as “extremists” in an audio recording posted online on Sunday. As successor to Osama bin Laden, Zawahri has the allegiance of Al Qaeda branches in the

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Pakistan Raps Trump Over Vow to Free Doctor Who Helped Track Bin Laden

By Kay Johnson ISLAMABAD, May 3 – Pakistan angrily criticized Donald Trump, frontrunner for the U.S. Republican presidential nomination, for saying he would force the country to free a jailed Pakistani doctor believed to have helped the CIA hunt down al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. Trump, a 69-year-old billionaire real estate developer, told Fox News on Friday

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Yemen Sides Appoint Ceasefire Observers as Army Fights al Qaeda

By Mohammed Ghobari and Mohammed al-Mukhashaf KUWAIT/ADEN, April 24 – Yemen’s government forces battled al Qaeda in the country’s south on Saturday, aiming to push back advances the militant group has made during a year-long civil war while peace talks take place in Kuwait. Twenty fighters loyal to al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) were killed

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Blast Rocks Afghan Capital, Close to State Buildings: US embassy

By Josh Smith and Hamid Shalizi KABUL, April 19 – A major Taliban suicide bomb and gun attack on a government security office in central Kabul during rush hour on Tuesday killed at least 28 people and wounded more than 320, a week after the militant group announced a spring offensive. President Ashraf Ghani condemned

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